Syracuse, N.Y. (September 30, 1973) – Buzzie Reutimann didn’t let a 35th-place starting position bother him a bit Sunday as he charged to victory in the $40,000 Schaefer 100 modified stock car race at the New York State Fairgrounds.The Zephyr Hills, Fla., veteran, who has won back-to-back point titles at Nazareth Speedway, grabbed the lead on the 62nd lap around the one-mile dirt track and out-raced polesitter Tom Corellis of Rensselaer, N.Y., to the checkered flag.
The victory, the second straight in this race for Reutimann, brought the 32-year-old speedster $7,060 in purse, lap and contingency prizes.
Fifty-one cars started the race, which was staged before 18,000 spectators. The event had six different leaders, with Reutimann piling up more lead laps than any other driver.
Corellis led for 35 laps, other leaders included Gary Balough, Dick Tobias, Lee Osborne and Billy Osmun.
Will Cagle, who raced for many years in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but is now based in Albany, N.Y., during the racing season, was third. Billy Wilson took fourth and Reading point king Gerald Chamberlain was fifth.
1. Buzzie Reutimann
2. Tom Corellis
3. Will Cagle
4. Bill Wilson
5. Gerald Chamberlain
6. John Botz
7. Budd Olsen
8. Butch Jelley
9. Rich Eurich